Multifidus Muscle

The multifidus muscle, located along the spine, plays a crucial role in maintaining posture and stabilizing the vertebrae during movement. Our blog series delves into the anatomy, function, and importance of the multifidus muscle, as well as strategies for strengthening it to prevent back pain and improve overall spinal health.

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I’ve Returned and So Apparently Are the Neck Multifidus Muscles after Exercise!

I’ve been out for six weeks sailing the Med. It was another great trip and a much-needed break for an old guy! Today, let’s cover a new study that shows that cervical multifidus muscle atrophy can be recovered with exercise. Getting Back If you recall, we are on a four-year journey to sail the Mediterranean,…read more

MIS, the Minuteman, and Fusion: Is This a Good Idea?

I cruised around on Linkedin this morning and chanced upon a discussion where someone had fused a patient for a herniated disc. This raised a critical point regarding fusion and the new trend for interventional pain management (IPM) physicians to fuse patients using “MIS.” Let’s review that idea through one specific device that IPM physicians…read more

Cervical Multifidus Muscle Atrophy: A Literature Update

Most patients and many physicians don’t know that we have mounting research that the muscles that stabilize your neck can weaken and this can be easily seen on MRI. Today we’ll go over that research and show patients what this atrophy looks like on their images. Let’s dig in. Spinal Stabilizer Atrophy We’ve known for…read more

Ask Dr. C – Treating Degenerative Spondylolisthesis Without Surgery

A reader asked about my low back spondylolisthesis and how I was doing. So let’s dive into that diagnosis and what can be done. We’ll also cover how these treatments are sequenced. Let’s dig in. What Is Spondylolisthesis? Spondylolisthesis is a Latin word that can be broken down to “spondy” which means spine and “listhesis”…read more

Multifidus Back Pain: Why Isn’t Your Doctor Talking About It?

Many people have multifidus back pain, but most have never been diagnosed with it. In fact, you’ve likely never even heard of multifidus back pain because you doctor probably has never talked about it. If he or she isn’t looking at your multifidus when looking for the cause of back pain, he or she is…read more

Rhizotomy Side Effects: Killing Off Important Stabilizers

Radiofrequency ablation or RFA (also known as rhizotomy) has become a mainstay of low back pain treatment in the U.S. and elsewhere. However, what if the list of rhizotomy side effects held a secret that most patients never knew about nor were informed of as a possibility. What if everyone who got a successful RFA…read more

Back Fusion Outcome: Fusion Leads to Dead Multifidus

Decisions in Medicine like most things are based on risk vs. benefit.  There are life saving procedures and surgeries where the answer is clear, but in non emergency situations, are we doing greater good than harm?  A new study looks at the potential damage done to the multifidus in the common surgery, back fusion. So what is…read more
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